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Split Rock at Mohonk Preserve in Gardiner, New York

Mountain vistas, historic trails, pick-your-own farms, and extreme sports such as rock climbing and skydiving rank among the highlights of Gardiner. The spectacular Shawangunk Mountains — aka “The Gunks” — frame this small town calling to adventurers, foodies and families alike.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, a 22.5-mile linear park that links up with the Empire State trail in New Paltz, takes bikers looking for easier excursions right into the town center, where eateries and small shops await. The trail also runs through pastoral and orchard land, with stops along the way for craft beer at Yard Owl or an ice cream cone and hard cider at Dressel Farms.

If spirits are more to your liking, visit New York State’s first legal distillery after Prohibition, Tuthilltown Spirits.

Apple and pumpkin picking rank highly with families, while hikers find their bliss in Mohonk Preserve’s 6,500 unspoiled acres or the vast Minnewaska State Park, both with spectacular views of the Hudson Valley.

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